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Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal boasts the delicious flavor of banana bread, but it’s made with wholesome oats, pecans, and coconut oil for a healthy, filling breakfast! Scroll down to just below the recipe for a collection of SEVEN wholesome, delicious baked oatmeal recipes! Happy New Year, friends! I hope this finds your 2017 off to a fantastic start. My kids don’t head back to school until Wednesday, but I’m already mentally preparing for the early rising and lunchbox packing and {Read More}

Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls

Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls are a fun, festive addition to your holiday party menu in three mouthwatering flavors — Cranberry, Blue Cheese, & Pecan; Garlic, Feta, & Dill; and White Cheddar, Rosemary, & Pomegranate! It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas! Last night marked our first freeze of the season. The house is decorated and the Christmas cards have been mailed. We’ve been drinking egg nog like it’s going out of style. And this weekend, I’m looking {Read More}

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans

Oven roasting turns plain broccoli into something special…and a crunchy, garlicky, toasty topping takes it to the next level in this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans! With Thanksgiving only a few short days away, I realize that it’s a little late in the game for another side dish recipe. However, the good news is that this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans would also make a fabulous addition to your Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s menu! {Read More}

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel

This decadent Banana Coffee Cake is layered with Chocolate Pecan Streusel for a dense, moist interior, a crunchy exterior, and a sweet surprise ribboned throughout! Sometimes you need a really impressive dessert-masquerading-as-breakfast to impress a crowd, and today’s Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel is just that sort of recipe. Whether you’re hosting a playgroup, entertaining family or friends at brunch, or you simply want to treat your co-workers to a mouthwatering morning surprise, this coffee cake has got {Read More}

Loaded Banana Muffins

Loaded Banana Muffins start with a moist, soft banana bread base that gets extra flavor and texture from coconut, toasted pecans, and honey-kissed granola sprinkled on top! Okay, all you monkeys out there…get ready to go bananas (sorry) for today’s recipe! And if you currently have a pile of splotchy, dark brown bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? You’ll love this post, too. Because in both cases, these Loaded Banana Muffins are decidedly different than your everyday banana bread, meaning {Read More}

Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Mini cheese balls of homemade pimento cheese are rolled in a coating of crispy bacon, toasted pecans, and minced fresh jalapeños and then speared with a pretzel stick for fun, easy-to-eat appetizers! Well, the Super Bowl countdown is officially on! So who are you rooting for…the Seahawks or the Patriots? I don’t really have a vested interest in either team this year. But I do love football, and I do love the commercials, and I absolutely adore football-watching grub…so you {Read More}

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints

Cheddar Jalapeño Thumbprints are savory appetizers just bursting with sharp cheddar cheese and filled with sweet and spicy jalepeño jelly for a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies. No, you are not experiencing déjà vu. Yes, I just posted a recipe for Thumbprint Cookies right before Christmas. But I thought it might be fun to stick with the theme and show y’all that not only are sweet thumbprint treats perfectly delightful, but you can also make a savory, cheesy, peppery, {Read More}

Thumbprint Cookies

These classic Thumbprint Cookies are lightly sweet with an almost shortbread-like texture, a coating of toasty coconut or pecans, and a center of your favorite jelly or jam. I realize I’m down to the wire here, but I couldn’t let December fly by without sharing at least one Christmas cookie recipe! Sure, I posted Christmas Tree Brownie Pops a couple weeks ago, and there have been a plethora of other sweet treats all month long. But when I ran out {Read More}

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies are individually-portioned in a muffin pan and fun to eat, featuring a tender, buttery crust (no rolling pin required!) and a sweet, nutty filling. You probably think I’m posting pecan pie because of a certain impending holiday that starts with Thanks- and ends with -giving. Well, that may be so…but the truth is, last weekend, we celebrated my husband’s birthday. And he’s not a big fan of cake but he looooooves pecan pie, so every year I {Read More}

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish, featuring a smooth, creamy filling and a topping of either toasty marshmallows or crunchy pecan streusel. November has arrived and that means one thing…time to start thinking about the ol’ Thanksgiving menu! I don’t know about y’all, but one dish I must have on my Turkey Day table each year would be sweet potatoes. I realize that some people are solidly in the mashed potatoes camp — and don’t get me {Read More}

Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies are soft, chewy, and loaded with a variety of flavors and textures — from oats and coconut to chocolate chips and pecans — making them hearty and totally addictive! A few days ago I had a craving for cookies, which happened to coincide with my need to come up with a little sweet treat for an upcoming Girls’ Night Out. However, I knew that if I made cookies for my mom get-together, I’d have to ensure that there {Read More}

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple & Pecans {Dairy-Free}

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a warm, filling, wholesome breakfast featuring maple syrup, toasted pecans, cinnamon, and warm spices. It’s easy to make ahead of time and reheat on busy mornings! Well, I’ve held off as long as I can…today, I share my first pumpkin recipe of the (not quite but getting closer to) fall season! In case you missed it, I teased y’all with a mouthwatering pumpkin recipe round-up earlier this week, featuring some past favorites and current can’t-wait-to-try pumpkin {Read More}

Roasted Asparagus with Brown Butter Pecans

Tender roasted asparagus is perfectly complemented by flavorful brown butter and toasty pecans in this delectable spring side dish. Spring officially begins this week!!! Can I hear a giant Hip, Hip, Hooray?! I know that some of you wonderful readers are still blanketed in snow (I’m so sorry), but the fact that spring has commenced calendar-wise means that spring-like weather can’t be all that far behind…right? Spring is arguably the best season in central Texas. For one thing, it’s warm, {Read More}

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle {with Pecans & Coconut}

A crispy chocolate chip cookie slab (studded with pecans and coconut) is broken into jagged pieces for a treat that has the crunch of brittle and the flavor of a chocolate chip cookie! Up until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of cookie brittle, and oh my word, y’all…where have I been? This stuff is divine. You just can’t beat a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie, and I must admit that my favorite chocolate chip cookies are soft {Read More}

Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Bite-sized cheese balls — studded with dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles — are rolled in toasted pecans and skewered with pretzel sticks for fun, easy appetizers that are perfect for the holidays or any party or get-together! ‘Tis the season for holiday get-togethers, potlucks, and parties! That means that this time of year, from Thanksgiving right on through New Year’s Eve, there are ample opportunities for delicious and creative appetizers. And today I’m sharing one that’s not only quick {Read More}

Pretzel Turtles

Y’all have probably seen, tasted or made these heavenly little morsels before, but just in case you haven’t, I would be remiss not to share them here. Prepare to be amazed by this combination of three humble ingredients… I came across this recipe years ago and I thought it would be the perfect thing to take to a family gathering, seeing as how my father-in-law loves chocolate caramel pecan turtles. So I made them then, I’ve made them about 6,437 {Read More}

Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie is probably not the first dessert that comes to mind in the summertime.  But it’s my hubby’s all-time favorite, so for Father’s Day this year?  Pecan Pie Bars.  And let me tell you, they taste just as good coming up on the Fourth of July as they do around Thanksgiving. To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of pecan pie, but I find these pecan bars quite irresistible.  They are sweet but not cloyingly so {Read More}

Sonoma Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad.  LOVE.  And of all the chicken salads I’ve ever tried, the nutty, fruit-enhanced, honey-kissed Sonoma version is my favorite. This recipe actually resulted from my attempt at recreating the oh-so-tasty Sonoma chicken salad from Costco.  I found a similar recipe from Whole Foods and made a few changes to suit my family’s taste, which basically involved omitting the celery (crunching into raw celery has always given me chills, and not in a good way) and the poppy {Read More}

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese, Toasted Pecans, & Blush Wine Vinaigrette

It’s hard to believe that June has already arrived!  Though spring doesn’t technically wrap up until later in the month, in my mind, it’s already summer in every way that matters…school is letting out, vacation is upon us, and here in Texas, temperatures are already cruising into the mid-90s.  I don’t know about you, but my palate changes with the seasons.  Summertime has me gravitating towards recipes that are on the lighter side, quick and easy to prepare, and raring {Read More}